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Postpartum Body – What to Know & What To Do

Your body is an incredible creation! Throughout the pregnancy your body has grown and nourished a new person, created new organs and systems, and birthed a new life into the world. What comes next? What does the postpartum look like for new parents? What can you do to support your postpartum body during the Fourth Trimester?

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Myth Busting: Foods to Increase Milk Supply When Pumping and Breastfeeding

For generations, and differing in many countries, foods, lactation teas, and supplements have always been the subject for helping breastfeeding moms achieve a healthy milk supply and produce enough milk, cutting certain ones out to reduce baby’s gas and tummy aches, and in some cases, to stop lactation. The majority do not have any evidence in truth or efficacy.

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Birth Plan Template and Checklist

This is perhaps one of the most well known quotes in the birthing world and it's also the best reason I know to develop a birth plan, although I prefer to call them “birth preferences.” The thing is, birth can't be planned. Even when some details are known, like your estimated due date, birthing center, hospital bag, birth team or birth partner, and other factors, there is too much about it that is unknown for anyone to fully plan! However, take the time to look into your options about topics that might come up so you will know what your preferences are. Think of it as putting together a tool box. All of the tools will fit in the box, but there are probably some that you want to be at the top for easier access. If you needed to, you can always get to the tools at the bottom.

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How Much Should a Newborn Eat? Breastfeeding in the First Year

With a new little one, it can be hard for new parents to learn all the ins and outs of what their baby needs, especially when talking about breastfeeding, if they're getting enough milk, introducing solid foods, and how it all affects your baby's weight and development. Luckily, we're here to help break down the details of how much a newborn should eat!

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How to Pump More Efficiently with Breast Pump Levels

Breast pumps are much stronger and efficient in their design than they were even five years ago. Having a range of settings to work with allows women to adjust for their comfort, too, not just efficacy needs. With an effective pump and comfortable, attainable settings, pumping breastmilk becomes a much more efficient task.

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Is an Abdominal Binder After C Section Right For You?

If you're planning to deliver your baby by Cesarean section, or if you've already given birth by C-section, you should receive an abdominal binder before you leave the hospital or you may choose to purchase your own. These postpartum support bands can help new moms during their recovery by reducing postoperative pain, reducing postpartum bleeding, and increasing mobility. So let's talk about how and when to use them for the best results.

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Breastfeeding and Pumping During the Holidays Q & A

The holidays can be a stressful time: juggling visiting families, cooking dinners, shopping for food and gifts, and staying well through it all. Breastfeeding while traveling comes with many questions, too. Managing breastfeeding and pumping, as well as boundaries and anxieties, are areas we can help! We asked mothers like you what your top holiday and travel questions and concerns were.

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When Does Milk Come In: What You Need to Know

The term milk “coming in” actually refers to the maturation and volume development of breastmilk. In other words, the milk changes from colostrum to the white milk we think of, causing breasts to feel fuller and is easier to pump out. The technical term for this is Lactogenesis II- the creation of milk, part two.

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Caffeine and Breastfeeding: How Much is Safe?

With most things in nutrition, moderation is going to be key. This is true specifically for caffeine consumption, as well! Common concerns with breastfeeding mothers and their caffeine intake range from baby sleeping well to the effect it has on the milk itself, but for many, that cup of coffee is a source of comfort and energy after a late night nursing. So let's discuss what we actually know to be true about caffeine and lactation, and how much is actually safe to have.

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First Week Postpartum Essentials

The immediate postpartum period is such an important time for you and baby to bond and get to know each other for the first time. Your main priorities over the first couple of weeks is to rest your body and feed your baby. So what are the best ways to prepare for that? What should you have and what will make those things easier?

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